May 202014
 

Catherine Thomas reflects on the Creating Useable Content Learning Event, and some of the thoughts she left with.

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Image by N i c o l a used under a Creative Commons license.

I have had a burning desire to start blogging for some time, but didn’t know how to start.  Everyone does it, so it can’t be that hard, can it?  As if by magic, a flyer arrives in my inbox: The Creating Useable Content Learning Event – “ooh, good timing”, I thought. I am already in with the ‘in crowd’ when it comes to communicating online – I love Twitter, I have a Facebook account and am connecting with LinkedIn.  So what’s missing? Blogging is missing…

The main reason for wanting to blog was to link the 350 NHS PAs with other PAs around the world. The NHS PAs Network is the largest in Wales and one of the top 3 in the UK. PAs have a lot of information in their heads and it’s time to share that knowledge.

A packed programme arrives, which I didn’t think I would need half of – Infographics, what are they? David Bailey and Stephen Spielberg I’m not, so that’s the photos and videos workshops out.  How wrong I was. Continue reading »

May 132014
 
Helen Price

Anitha Uddin

In April, I was fortunate to attend the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Paris. It was an eye-opening experience that taught me so much.

A particular idea I took away was that quality improvement should not be considered an extra-curricular activity; it should be embedded into current practice. And since student nurses are the ones who will be working in healthcare in the coming years, it needs to remain the bedrock of our education.

That’s why I found the nursing discussion session so inspirational. I met nurses from around the globe who all shared a similar vision about healthcare and quality improvement, and we discussed everything from policy and education, to current nursing practices and quality improvement. Continue reading »

May 132014
 
Helen Price

Helen Price

While attending the International Forum for Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Paris last month, I felt so privileged to be given the opportunity to be part of a global community which has such passion and enthusiasm for making healthcare better.

In her keynote address, Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, set the tone for the event. She described how healthcare is stuck in a gravitational pull of existing systems, and that to escape this requires new ideas, inspiration and collective impact. She said, “The power of an audacious goal accelerates change, bringing people together to make the impossible possible”. It was truly awe-inspiring.

One theme that was much talked about in many sessions was the importance of patient engagement. As Dr Morten Pytte from DNV-GL said, the call for patient-centred care, the 6 Cs, co-production and a collective approach to care has never been louder! It is clear that we need to bridge the gap between what we preach and what happens in practice. Continue reading »

May 022014
 
Angela Williams

Angela Williams

During the recent International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, I facilitated a specialty poster focus group themed on record keeping. It was thought-provoking to hear different views on the latest ways to combat the everyday issues of ineffective record keeping.

Throughout the tour, the delegates heard a range of ideas, from the small and simple, to the more ambitious and innovative. The overarching message from each passionate presenter was the same, though; we need to make things work better for the benefit of the patient. What was clear is that this issue is still problematic, and not specific to one profession alone.

 Mike Davidge and me at the Quality Forum

Mike Davidge and me at the Quality Forum

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